Monday, June 17

(Re)made Crate Seats

It sure does stink not having my computer! The district takes it for 2 weeks in the summer to update it. I think it's become like an extra appendage because I really, really miss it when it's gone. That seems to be the time I get great ideas... if only I had my computer to work on them. Ha! I'm going to try to sweet talk someone into giving it back to me 2 or 3 days early this summer. Wish me luck!

This last week my project was redoing my crate seats. Let me give you a little tour of my crate seat progression...

Two summers ago, I made 3 of these beautiful things.

Then the second graders did this.

So I recovered them in a darker fabric and decided to make them into a bench. Beautiful! It sits at the edge of my meeting carpet.

Last summer I decided I wanted to make more crate seats to put around my reading table. Unfortunately I apparently didn't take any pictures of their fabulousness. But not even half way through the year, the wiggly bottoms that sat on the chairs wiggled the parts off that kept the seats from sliding right off.

So I thought, I'll just make a couple more benches because I really love the one I have.

Do you see the problem? Apparently when I had these seats cut, I didn't use exactly the same size board, so the Plan B FAILED. It was just a little bit too small to fit around the crate and sit flush.

Last week I went back to Plan A and used thicker boards and screwed them on. I don't know why I didn't think of that the first time! Hopefully, wiggly bottoms or not, those seats won't wiggle right off the crates.

My classroom color scheme is black, blue, and green. I haven't found many dark fabrics I like with that color scheme, so my crate seats have always been the black, white, yellow. My husband talked me into the monster fabric, though, as I searched out a fourth black, white, yellow fabric. I'll put those two at my computer table.

There you have it! I just love Mondays. Thank you, Tara, for hosting! What would our creative brains do without you?!

Crate seats or benches are marvelous, so if they aren't a part of your classroom summer to-do list, they definitely should be this summer!


  1. I love that you have found something that works in your classroom and you just tweak it a little every year to make it work! I have crate seats that I made two years ago. I am moving into a new room and keep debating on making the crate bench. I think your post has finally helped me decide that I HAVE to do it!

    Your crate seats look fabulous!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

    1. Wonderful! I hope you will post a picture of your bench! Thanks for stopping by! :o)

  2. Sarah
    Very cool idea. How did the crates hold up over the year? I was thinking about something like that because it might also increase limited storage.

    Did you just staple the fabric on. I've got an old couch in my classroom that might need a touch-up like this.

    fyi, I found you trough the link up
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

    1. I used actual dairy crates, not the ones you buy at the store, because I was nervous about durability. My crates (both the bench and crate seats) have all held up very well with no notice of weakness or change.

      I did just staple them. I think that's easiest.

      Thanks! :o)

  3. Hi Sarah,
    Super cute blog, I'm your newest follower. I'm laughing because I need to use darker fabric on mine I made last year too... Oh well - need my 40% off coupons. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. Thanks, Vicky! Gotta love those kids, right? :o) Happy fabric shopping!


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